Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
Moldavian/Irish swimmer Ion Lazarenco Tiron completed his sixth Oceans Seven swim with a Tsugaru Channel crossing from Hokkaido to Honshu.
In addition to an 8-day 235 km stage swim in his native Moldova and an Ice Mile in his adopted Ireland in 3.3ºC (37.9ºF) water, he has completed crossings of the Strait of Gibraltar (2014 in 4 hours 41 minutes), the English Channel (2014 in 13 hours 34 minutes), the North Channel (2015 in 16 hours 23 minutes in 11-12ºC water), the Catalina Channel (2016 in 12 hours 1 minute), the Molokai Channel (2016 in 18 hours 11 minutes), and the Tsugaru Channel in 11 hours 20 minutes today.
With his wife and Captain Mizushima on his escort boat, his crossing was impressively straightforward [see below].
Plotting of his course across the Tsugaru Current and 19.5 km channel in northern Japan is courtesy of Masuyuki Moriya of Ocean Navi:
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